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post #1 of 21 Old 09-21-2013, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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Can I just whine for a second?

I rode today for 20 minutes before it got dark. I'll get to ride tomorrow and Sunday and then it's another week of zero time. And pretty soon my Friday rides are going to be taken away too unless I can find a flood light for my arena

School is making me hate books. I haven't read for pleasure in way too long, I feel like I'm chapters behind in all of my classes and there just isn't any time. I'm at school or at work seven days a week, and now that I FINALLY have a day off tomorrow two people have asked me to cover their shifts.

AND FINALLY I don't think I've had a real meal since this semester started I'm always out of the house or about to run out the door.

But I guess I can say 'hey I finally have a job with decent hours and bosses who don't cut corners on pay checks' and 'hey at least I'm getting an affordable education and taking classes I love' and 'hey at least my horse is at home and I get three days a week to ride'.

And now I'm done and tbqh I actually DO feel a lot better
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I feel for you! It is tough learning how to juggle a mountain of responsibilities and then try to find time for a little pleasure. I am currently working two jobs. A full time M-F, and a fun job to give me a little play money. Some days during the week I will go in at 8am, leave and go straight to my other job and go home at 11:30-12:00 at night, only to do it again the next day. I was working 7 days a week, and finally I just asked for a day at my fun job on the weekend. Same thing happened, I walked in and got three "Please cover my shift!" requests within an hour.

It can be fun being so busy, but it sure is wearing.

Don't worry about books. They will be there when you need them. I love my Kindle. I can turn it on, read a bit and then take care of life.
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I rode today for 20 minutes before it got dark. I'll get to ride tomorrow and Sunday and then it's another week of zero time. And pretty soon my Friday rides are going to be taken away too unless I can find a flood light for my arena

School is making me hate books. I haven't read for pleasure in way too long, I feel like I'm chapters behind in all of my classes and there just isn't any time. I'm at school or at work seven days a week, and now that I FINALLY have a day off tomorrow two people have asked me to cover their shifts.

AND FINALLY I don't think I've had a real meal since this semester started I'm always out of the house or about to run out the door.

But I guess I can say 'hey I finally have a job with decent hours and bosses who don't cut corners on pay checks' and 'hey at least I'm getting an affordable education and taking classes I love' and 'hey at least my horse is at home and I get three days a week to ride'.

And now I'm done and tbqh I actually DO feel a lot better
Don't worry about lights, your horse can see just fine in the dark.
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How dark does it get? Does your horse ride well in the dark? (My horse turns into a nervous hot mess so confidence in the dark is one of our winter projects).

I bought my horse a breastplate with LED lights on it and attached a headlamp to the center ring. That alone with zero desensitizing or anything else helped tremendously.

But if your horse goes fine then just ride in the dark!
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And now I'm done and tbqh I actually DO feel a lot better
Good. Glad we could help by listening!
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post #6 of 21 Old 09-21-2013, 04:45 PM
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Don't worry about lights, your horse can see just fine in the dark.
I'm going to agree with this, if your horse is safe to ride in the dark, then go for it. IME, you actually ride better (well, maybe not at first, but you learn to ride better) when you can't see the horse because you must rely 100% on feel. And, if there's any amount of light at all from stars or moon, then the horse can see fine. However, if it's an indoor, he might have problems LOL.

I feel your pain. When I was in college and waiting tables, my days off from work were usually in the middle of the week (tues-wed) and I had classes that day. I almost always worked a double on weekends (which was from 10am to about 1am). What made it worse was that my horses were 2 hours away so I couldn't just pop in for a quick 10-15 minute relaxation ride on the way home.

Hang in there and keep your nose to the grind-stone. It gets better and it won't seem like any time at all before those long hours are behind you.
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I'm going to agree with this, if your horse is safe to ride in the dark, then go for it. IME, you actually ride better (well, maybe not at first, but you learn to ride better) when you can't see the horse because you must rely 100% on feel. And, if there's any amount of light at all from stars or moon, then the horse can see fine. However, if it's an indoor, he might have problems LOL.

I feel your pain. When I was in college and waiting tables, my days off from work were usually in the middle of the week (tues-wed) and I had classes that day. I almost always worked a double on weekends (which was from 10am to about 1am). What made it worse was that my horses were 2 hours away so I couldn't just pop in for a quick 10-15 minute relaxation ride on the way home.

Hang in there and keep your nose to the grind-stone. It gets better and it won't seem like any time at all before those long hours are behind you.
One spot of disagreement, they don't need the stars or moon to see well. I've been down in the trees where I couldn't see my hand in front of my face going down a washed road with big rocks. My horse didn't stumble once and obviously could see where I took several hits from branches that I couldn't see.
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thanks guys. I might have to give nighttime riding a go, although I'll probably get some sort of lighting just for my benefit...

The plus side is that I DO really enjoy my classes, I'm looking forward to the assignments I have to do, and I really DO like the people I'm working with (finally). As long as I can keep my grades up I'll be happy.

I've got a mini-vacation coming up when the Mane Event gets here, so at least I have a couple days of absolutely NOTHING but horsey stuff to look forward to.
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thanks guys. I might have to give nighttime riding a go, although I'll probably get some sort of lighting just for my benefit...

The plus side is that I DO really enjoy my classes, I'm looking forward to the assignments I have to do, and I really DO like the people I'm working with (finally). As long as I can keep my grades up I'll be happy.

I've got a mini-vacation coming up when the Mane Event gets here, so at least I have a couple days of absolutely NOTHING but horsey stuff to look forward to.
Do give it a go. I personally love night rides though not so much as the one I mentioned above but that was a day ride that went long...I prefer there to be enough moon or star light to at least see the branches before I get smacked.
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And can we talk about how ridiculous it is to do group projects in college...
After going out of my way to cancel lessons so I could work with everyone elses schedules I've gotten zero confirmation from three out of four people. Talk about pulling out your hair lol.
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